Good. Item #6303
London: Richard Bentley, 1863. First Edition. Octavo. 352 pages plus 2 pages advertisements. Portrait frontis. Blue cloth stamped in gilt at front and spine. Ex-library of the Wigan [England] Free Public Library.
Front hinge separated with front board still holding to front endpapers and frontis, with some precarious tears to title page where all still remains attached. Boards worn at edges and corners, with library label to spine. Rear hinge cracked as well, but binding otherwise holding. Some spotting, library stamps, and pencil annotations to preliminaries, but bulk of interior unmarked and sound.
Greenhow was a DC Socialite turned Confederate spy. Eventually caught by Alan Pinkerton and released within a year, her memoir of her imprisonment sold well in Britain. Greenhow returned to the U.S. in 1864 to aid the Confederacy, but, aboard British Blockade runner Condor, and under pursuit by the Union gunboat U.S.S. Niphon, she fled to a rowboat, capsized, and drowned, probably pulled to the bottom by the $2,000 in gold sewn into her dress that she had received in royalties. Nevins notes the book is written "With much anti-Republican vituperation."
Additional typed letter signed from an Information Officer at Library of Congress to William Safire's New York Times office laid in. Letter discusses a separate Xerox copy of this title which Safire had requested, and another signed copy the Library owns. A copy of the letter from the donor of the signed copy also included here.
No copies in retail at time of this writing.
[Nevins I-192, II-59].